So, I feel I should update. I went to the GI doctor on Thursday and they told me (much like the ER doctor during my second trip there) that they were 99.9% sure it was internal hemorrhoids. The doctor didn't check me out much, he just listened to me tell my symptoms and how they've improved upon taking hydro-cortisone suppositories. In fact, up to that point, I'd noticed absolutely no bleeding in conjunction with my bowel movements.
We left things up in the air about an awake, exploratory proceedure that would involve looking at my lower digestive tract, but since I spotted the teensiest bit of blood this morning, I think I'm going to call and say go ahead and do it. I just want to be sure that there's nothing cancerous in there, even though the chances of such thing are low due to my age and my health.
Also, I gained two pounds back since losing 4 at the beginning of my pregnancy. I'm pretty pleased about that since I've been trying so hard to eat well and to keep things down. Whew!
I'm sort of curious to know if I have twins in there. That's always a possibility for sufferers of hyperemesis gravidarum even though the chances for me are low due to my gene pool. I mean, I did BEG God for twins during the last year that we were unable to get pregnant so who knows? Next Thursday I'm going to my "first" official appointment with my midwife. We did have a visit back at week 6 or so because of my ridiculous morning sickness, but she didn't examine me or anything. We only talked. This time, the baby's heart beat should be strong enough that we can hear it so if nothing else, I'm going to hear the baby's heart beat. Last time she mentioned possibly doing an ultrasound to check for twins, but we'll see if that actually happens.